Presented by Offending Shadows
Reviewed 24 February 2016
Sound & Fury celebrate their eleventh Adelaide Fringe season in 2016. As founding member Richard Maritzer proudly proclaimed, he knew the Garden when it was just a planter. The tongue-in-cheek American comedy trio have amassed a dedicated following over the years, as proven by their sold-out premiere on Wednesday. They performed their latest parody masterpiece, this time a foray into fantasy – Lord of the Thrones.
By way of introduction, Maritzer asked if anyone in the audience had not read or watched The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. One woman sheepishly raised her hand. Without missing a beat, Maritzer told her not to worry, that the stories are just “a lot of walking and then everybody dies.”
The trio plucked an audience member from the crowd to portray their unlikely hero, Frogurt Snark the Hobbit. Frogurt had a full dialogue, all pre-recorded. The Sound & Fury players asked Frogurt, portrayed Wednesday by the unsuspecting Thomas, to lip sync his lines and follow their not so subtle prompts. Frogurt soon embarked on his journey to deliver the Ring of McGuffin to King Jiffy in time for his marriage, which would bring peace to Muddle Earth. Other magical creatures soon joined Frogurt on his quest, such as Gimlet the Elf-Dwarf (portrayed by Patrick Hercamp, replete with woollen beard) and Herdor (portrayed by Ryan Adam Wells).
No genre, trope, nor audience member who dared use her mobile in the front row was safe from Sound & Fury’s irresistible brand of lowbrow comedy. They laughed at themselves as Frogurt and company fled from the Copyright Wraiths, and assassin duo Turner and Hound. The Mario dungeon theme-music played as our heroes ventured into the mines of Moria and Bard Simpson (Wells) entertained the crowd with an original, fantasy-themed bar song.
After a comedy of errors, back-stage hiccups, and over-acted death scenes, Frogurt Snark became King of Muddle Earth, to raucous cheers from the audience.
Reviewed by Nicola Woolford
Rating (out of 5): 4.5
Venue: Tandanya Cafe
Season: 24 Feb – 12 Mar
Duration: 60 mins
Tickets: $23.00 – $25.50
Bookings: Book through FringeTix online or at a FringeTix box office (booking fees apply)